Whatcom Water Resources: Surplus or Deficit?
As the adverse effects of climate change worsen and as our population continues to grow, Whatcom water supplies will get tighter. How will that affect salmon, wildlife, agriculture and people? What can we do to reduce the likely deficit between supply and demand? Hint: water-use efficiency is a large and largely untapped resource.
About the Speaker
Eric Hirst has been an environmental activist since he was a graduate student in engineering at Stanford University in the mid-1960s. Most of his career as an energy policy analyst at Oak Ridge National Laboratory focused on energy efficiency.
Eric moved to Bellingham 16 years ago. Since then, he served on three advisory committees for the City of Bellingham, was on the board of directors for RE Sources for Sustainable Communities from late 2010 through early 2015, and is now on the board of the Center for Environmental Law & Policy.
During the past five years, Eric has focused on local water issues, reading, analyzing, meeting with all kinds of people and writing articles for local publications. Although very much an environmental advocate, Eric has reached out to those with different perspectives, especially farmers, to discuss possible solutions to our water problems.
Environmental Speaker Series
The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.
The Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West room 204 - AW-204. Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link. Paid parking is available in lot C.